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Sky News 28 Sep 2020

COVID-19 UK: Anger grows over university lockdowns as students demand refunds


Around 40 universities have now reported cases of coronavirus and thousands of students are self-isolating to stop the spread of infection.

Some institutions are now suspending face-to-face learning, prompting Labour to suggest that students should be given a rebate on their fees.

The government has so far refused to entertain the idea - but the Prime Minister's spokesman did say that students would be allowed to go home at Christmas.

More countries have banned arrivals from the UK because of concerns at the spread of a new variant of coronavirus.

India is the latest state to suspend flights from the UK, joining Hong Kong, Canada, Switzerland and Germany.

On Sunday evening , France shut its border with the UK for 48 hours, meaning no lorries or ferries will be able to sail from the port of Dover.

As queues grow in Kent, the prime minister will chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee later.

Belgium and the Irish Republic have also suspended flights. India will halt flights from Tuesday evening until the evening of 31 December.

Austria is also set to bring in a ban, while Bulgaria has suspended flights to and from the UK from midnight. Unlike the short-term measures in many other nations, its ban lasts until 31 January.

European Union member states are due to meet in Brussels later to discuss a co-ordinated response.
The Prime Minister is set to announce plans to suspend COVID-19 restrictions during the Christmas period to allow families to get together.

Boris Johnson is aiming for a UK-wide relaxation of the rules, reportedly from 22 to 28 December, so that several families can join in one "bubble".

A tougher three-tiered system of local restrictions will also come into force in England when the lockdown ends on 2 December.

Mr Johnson will unveil his COVID Winter Plan to MPs on Monday.
Hospitals in parts of the UK have become overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 infections.
For almost a year, healthcare workers have faced unprecedented demands, pressure and stress.
Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull looks at the toll the pandemic has taken on their mental health.
France will re-open the Channel crossing, after the UK agreed to provide 'lateral flow tests' for hauliers at Dover, to show whether or not they have COVID-19.


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